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Sunday
Jan132019

Day 1—Love Yourself

An expert in the Jewish Law asked Jesus, “What’s the most important commandment in the Law?” The Hebrew word for Law is Torah, which is also what Jews call the first 5 books of the Old Testament. There are 613 commandments in the Torah. Which does Jesus say is the most important?

Matthew 22:37-40—Jesus replied, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

“Love God with everything you have and are. Love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus’ answer is familiar. We’ve heard the Golden Rule inspired by Jesus’ words: “Treat others the way you want them to treat us.”

But have you heard of the Hidden Rule? (Full disclosure, I made up that this is called the Hidden Rule. I think it works.)

“We treat others the way we treat ourselves.” When we see how we act toward others, we see how we see our own attitude to ourselves. If we are impatient, critical, judgmental, teasing, quick to blame, or eager to give advice to others, we get a glimpse at our own self-treatment. It’s likely we don’t even realize this most of the time.

When we hear “Love your neighbor as yourself,” it’s easy to assume that we love ourselves. But what does it really mean to love yourself? What if, in our sinful and fallen state, it is really hard to love ourselves as we ought to love?

During this eRevival, this is what we’ll explore: perhaps learning to love ourselves rightly is a key to loving God and our neighbors well.

Prayer Exercise:

Psalm 131:2 says, “But I have calmed and quieted myself.” The Bible indicates that silence and quiet are important to prayer.

To love ourselves, we also need to know ourselves. But so often, we are too busy, too overwhelmed with information, and too preoccupied to know what’s really going on with us. For example, have you ever been exhausted for weeks, but didn’t realize it until you got sick?

This prayer exercise is called "GAP," which stands for Ground Aware Presence. It is a simple way for us to still and quiet ourselves. We’ll be using the GAP exercise as preparation for prayer as we continue through this eRevival.

GAP Exercise for Day 1